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Fruity
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 7:08:58 AM

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This teacher says that "Yes! I need a breather!" sounds more natural as a response to "The negotiation today is really tough!" than "Yes! I need to rest!" does. Could you tell me why?

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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 7:13:55 AM

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Fruity wrote:
Could you tell me why?

Some like it hot.
taurine
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:53:26 AM

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Fruity wrote:

Could you tell me why?




Believe it or, not.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:22:46 AM

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Hi Fruity.

The phrase just a little more 'casual' and informal.

In my opinion, it is the original statement which sounds too formal for a conversation.

I would probably say something like "The meeting's tough today". "Negotiation" is a five-syllable word - they're not that common.

'Rest' or 'breather' - I wouldn't say either of them was out-of-place there. They both sound fine to me.


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Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:22:54 AM

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Because the teacher felt breathlessness.

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:52:31 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
'Rest' or 'breather' - I wouldn't say either of them was out-of-place there. They both sound fine to me.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/breather

Quote:
breather (brē′thər)
n.
2. Informal A short rest period: took a breather after skiing for two hours.
3. Informal An activity, such as strenuous exercise, that causes difficult breathing.


How do I guess which of the two she needs?
Fruity
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:24:09 PM

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Thanks a lot for your reply, Drag!


♥ Get into the habit of considering the feelings of others before you react to circumstances around you. ♥
Romany
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:48:04 PM
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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1,

From the context. She has been sitting round a table, negotiating a tough deal.

(However that said, I've never actually come across No.3 in which 'a breather' refers to a cardio-vascular activity!}
thar
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:58:34 PM

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The reason you haven't heard 3 is that it makes no sense!

You would stop doing a breather to have a breather. d'oh!

(I have never heard it either. My suspicion is someone once misunderstood what they read or heard, and started completely misusing it!)
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 3:03:06 PM

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In these parts, you would probably take a short break, not a breather, and not a rest.
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 3:05:44 PM

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Romany wrote:
I've never actually come across No.3 in which 'a breather' refers to a cardio-vascular activity!}

Thanks to you and thar for helping me with this.
leonAzul
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:03:20 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Hi Fruity.

The phrase just a little more 'casual' and informal.

In my opinion, it is the original statement which sounds too formal for a conversation.

I would probably say something like "The meeting's tough today". "Negotiation" is a five-syllable word - they're not that common.

'Rest' or 'breather' - I wouldn't say either of them was out-of-place there. They both sound fine to me.


But does she have a lovely pair of lungs?

Sorry, I went there

Whistle

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Hope123
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:33:47 AM

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You're bad, Leon. Whistle

Like Wilmar, I always say, "I need a break". And these days it seems to be more often than it it used to be. Anxious

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Buddha
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